Novak Djokovic v Kei Nishikori For The Toronto Canadian Open Title, Who’s The Pick?
by Sean Randall | July 30th, 2016, 11:58 pm
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Boy, what a crappy couple of match today in Toronto. No real surprises with the results, per se, but there really wasn’t much drama or intrigue at all, when there should have been.

First, it was Stan Wawrinka against Kei Nishikori in what seemed like an even matchup. But at the start it wasn’t. Stan bullied his way out to a big lead of the weary looking Nishikori. And the Swiss served for the match at 5-3 but couldn’t get the job done.

Nishikori capitalized on some errors (some rather bizarre) from Stan to force a tiebreak. Then Stan again got up and held 2 more set points at 6-4 but Nishikori fought back to win the last four points and take the set.

In the second, Stan just went away and Nishikori cruised to a 7-6(6), 6-1 win to register his first Top 5 win since the 2014 US Open (16 straight losses to Top 5 players since!).

“I think he started much better in the first couple games, especially,” said Nishikori. “He was hitting very good serves and was very aggressive until the 5-3 game. I started returning better and he was missing a little bit. I think he had more chances to get the first set.

“After that, he started playing a little slower. I knew I had to step it up, otherwise he’s going to come back. I’m just happy to win today.”

In the late semifinals, I thought Gael Monfils would really test Novak Djokovic and maybe even finally beat him. Djokovic still doesn’t look right – be it physcial or more likely a personal issue – whatever plagued him at Wimbledon simply hasn’t gone away. And early on he was in trouble meekly dropping serve to go down 2-1 in the first.

The Frenchman, who is finally coming into his own as he approaches 30, I guess was just too gassed from winning Washington and his current 9-match win streak to take advantage. He subsequently lost five of the next six to give the set to Djokovic. And it was all Novak in the second as Monfils just had no answer.

Djokovic played much better after getting broken, it’s too bad Monfils had no dog to put in this fight and the Serb cruised to a 6-3, 6-2 win and up his perfect mark against Monfils to 12-0.

“You do have a certain mental comfort knowing that you have had plenty of success against your opponent. Nevertheless, that is not a certainty. That’s not a guarantee that you can win the match. Actually, it actually makes him more eager to come out and play his best tennis,” Djokovic said.

The serve remains a serious issue for Djokovic.

“I’ve been working on my serve a lot the last couple of years, and I think especially on the second serve it has gave me an advantage, more depth on the second serve and so forth. In this tournament it is not working very well but in general in past couple of years it has served me very well.”

For Monfils, who knows, can he finally win a Slam?

“I guess he missed a few shots at the beginning. I got some opportunities and I took them,” said Monfils. “And then suddenly he was not missing anymore. He was going for his shots and being much better in the rallies. He became super solid. When Novak is playing like that, it’s very tough to beat him.”

So the summer North American swing begins the same way the spring U.S. ended in Miami, with Djokovic and Nishikori battling for a Masters title.

Djokovic leads 9-2 beating Nishikori eight straight times, including in the last three Masters events. Miami was a mismatch. In Madrid, Kei played better and then in the Rome semifinals he really had a shot when he lost to Novak in a final set breaker from 3-1 up.

Plus, I don’t think all is right for Novak and for whatever reason he hasn’t won in Canada since 2012. So he’s there for the beating. Tomas Berdych did what he does – choke – Friday night blowing a 6-3 first set tiebreak lead. And today, a tired Monfils simply couldn’t take advantage of an early break. Tomorrow, Novak won’t be so fortunate if he gets down.

Nishikori should have some belief. He’s also rested and he’s motivated – he’s lost his previous three Masters finals – and he’s in form.

That said, if Novak has his mind right he’ll win. Will that be the case, who knows? But he’s better in just about every department other than overhead against the Japenese.

The key for Kei will be that serve, especially the second. And the same goes for Novak. Both do well of the groundstrokes – two of the best two-handers in the sport – but the player who wins more off their serves will win the match.

And I think on a quick court like Toronto that edge goes to Novak who also has the better return game. I think it will be close, it will be tight and I think we go three sets with Novak getting his 4th Canadian Open and 30th Masters Series crown.
The pick: Djokovic in three

Again, we’ve waited for Novak to show some form of his pre-Querrey self, so far in Toronto he hasn’t really done that. Maybe tomorrow is the day.

ESPN2 will have live coverage of the men’s final starting at 4pm.


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80 Comments for Novak Djokovic v Kei Nishikori For The Toronto Canadian Open Title, Who’s The Pick?

AndyMira Says:

Novak in two or three..no matter how in form or rested a player’s are..when they have to face Novak on the other end..they usually will succumbed to their emotions and the super novak in the end..


J-Kath Says:

There isn’t a Rio thread so apologies to ND & KN.

Anyway positive news for Rafa supporters….

http://www.tennisworldusa.org/Rafael-Nadal-beats-Andy-Murray-two-sets-to-love-in-a-practice-session-articolo34877.html


AndyMira Says:

Thanks JK for gave that link..although i would not read too much into the results..but it is a great news for us especially Okie..


Anki Says:

Yeah, Rafaaaaaa can’t wait see him back at Rio.
As for the finals, Picking Nishikori. Nole is not going to cut it with that non existent serve of his.


Ronn Says:

“Djokovic still doesn’t look right – be it physical or more likely a personal issue – whatever plagued him at Wimbledon simply hasn’t gone away.”

Ok, you said it so tell us what this “personal issue” might be. That’s right, you wrote it so now you’ve got to explain it…


Okiegal Says:

Yes, great link! Thanks for posting….Mira, saw it on my Facebook account too! Yes it is good news to see him hitting. I a feel like you do, about the results. Church day…gotta move it!


MMT Says:

Djokovic in straight sets. Everything Kei does, Djokovic does better. Unless he has some other issues, it is my opinion that the result is on Djokovic’s racquet.


Margot Says:

MMT: I’ve read Nole has problems with his shoulder. Perhaps WB or jane or another can confirm or deny.


Margot Says:

Wot? Wot? “Awaiting moderation?” Hello. When it comes through perhaps Staff can explain why.


Giles Says:

Faker has problems with his shoulder?? Pull the other one. His BS is never ending. One of these days ……..


Danica Says:

It would really be grand if people – commies, journalists, bloggers and such – stopped assuming, inventing and surmising “personal problems” not just to excuse Nole’s Wimbledon performance, but anyone else’s. That’s how ugly rumors start. I’ve read a ton of various “personal issues” of Novak’s some even suggesting a divorce. Why is not the simplest answer enough? Multiple stops and starts of that match on a rainy day, wet grass where Novak slips and falls even on a sunny day, Sam’s great serving… Starting anew so many times just didn’t allow Nole to find rhythm. It happens to the best too. He couldn’t ajust and that’s it. Sam ajusted better, took his chances, served the best on break points and deservedly won. Investigating the reasons of why Nole lost ad nauseum takes away from Sam’s accomplishment.


Danica Says:

(Sorry for many misspellings :( )


BBB Says:

Danica – it’s a strange thing to write, as I’ve heard multiple announcers say they thought Monfils gave Djokovic the rhythm he needed to get his groundstrokes in order, and so the remaining problem is with his second serve. That was my own observation.

Is he a bit flat? Sure. I don’t know why anyone would find that surprising after winning a Grand Slam. He said in his remarks at the FO ceremony that he’s been a PITA to his family. I for one was not sure he could handle so much pressure – career slam and Grand Slam in the same match – so it’s not a surprise to me that there’s something of a letdown afterwards.

Shrug.


FedExpress Says:

one of the NID match ups recently

kei lacks brain, mental toughness, power, health and a proper serve


BBB Says:

Fedex, OUCH. I think Kei’s main problem is health. He’s not built for the rigors of the tour.


Danica Says:

BBB,
I was writing about the Wimbledon match, not the semis yesterday.

As for PITA, sure, the pressure was enormous. Letdown, I completely agree with you. But to suggest some deeper personal or family ussues by so called authorities, was tasteless.

Nole’s both serves suck at the moment. Not just the second.

Btw, rain in Toronto :(


BBB Says:

Yes, Danica, sorry, I was referring to this part of the article:

Djokovic still doesn’t look right – be it physcial or more likely a personal issue – whatever plagued him at Wimbledon simply hasn’t gone away. And early on he was in trouble meekly dropping serve to go down 2-1 in the first.


Danica Says:

Understood!! ;)


Wog Boy Says:

BBB,

Agree with the statment that Monfils gave Nole rythm he needed and loves the most. I rewatched match last night and it was completly wrong tactic against Nole, whether it was Monfils idea or coach’s advice, but we’ll take it, thank you very much:)

Now, let’s go back to Wimbledon, what are the odds that one can win five in a row, three first slams of the year and three Wimbledons in a row, even if his name is Novak Djokovic? Not great really, evean great(est) RL couldn’t win five in a row.
It was such huge monkey kicked off the Nole’s back by winning career and non calendar Slam that letdown was inevitable, and won’t pass so quick, but who cares really, he finally got that monkey off his back.


J-Kath Says:

MMT:

I have read the blogs you offered thru Tennix X sent to TB. While I salute your knowledge and ability I have trouble deciding who you are writing for. Yes, there can be self-indulgence in the art of writing, but the first rule of writing intended for a specific audience/publication is to present the material in a manner that fits the pre-selected readership.

In order to fit your Abbott and Costello title, you present the stooge and then use the stooge as a tennis ball in a back and forth format. Then we get the ghost of Sitting Bull, Sanguine Plebeians at the Colosseum, Pulp Fiction and Indiana Jones.

Unwittingly perhaps, you assume your readers are less informed than yourself – re. the sneering at the poor gluten free Serbian boy who is allergic to something “that no-one really knows what it is”. So why didn’t you tell them he has a form of coeliac?

You are writing about tennis, but who have you identified as your potential readers and how do you access them?

Thank you for listening.


Giles Says:

J-K. A big lol from me.


Giles Says:

The faker is extra nervous – he bounced the ball 10 times as against 6 or 7 times.


BBB Says:

WB – watching Nole play today makes me wonder if the serving woes were merely confidence problems, and now that he feels better about his groundstrokes, he’s feeling less pressure on his serve.


BBB Says:

J-Kath – I marvel at your writing. Perhaps start your own blog?


jane Says:

BBB, troicki said novak has been carrying a niggle in his left shoulder, which ccould’ve affected his ball toss. and indeed that’s the shoulder he was grabbing during the FO. also, according to my sportsnet commentaors, novak said he lost rhythm on the second serves especially. but luckily, so far today, he’s made loads of firsts.

really high quality play from both novak and nishi off the ground, though a few too many errors from kei at key times. and nole’s been fab at the net. thank you becker!! xo


courbon Says:

What a fantastic first set.And Novak is serving great.Last rally of the set point, simply out of this world…


jane Says:

great post at 12:46 danica. cheers.


FedExpress Says:

and some really thought kei had a chance. this is so NID.


FedExpress Says:

kei u mental mug just retire


FedExpress Says:

hahahahaha. just epic.


FedExpress Says:

clowing at its peak.


J-Kath Says:

Giles and BBB

Oh gosh. I hesitated before posting this as I thought….well, I shan’t tell you what I thought.

Thank you both.
Cheers
K


FedExpress Says:

seen that script many times vefore. noles mandatory lapses result in break and maybe a set loss only to save multiple BPs in the 3rd set and streamroll after that to a convincing victory.


BBB Says:

Danica one other thing I meant to clarify – by saying Nole called himself a PITA, I didn’t mean that the rumors are therefore acceptable. Rather, that those comments might have been the trigger for some of the rumors, but to me, his reference to his own PITA-ness could so easily be due to the pressure of winning the FO and not anything beyond that.


BBB Says:

J-Kath, I think you’re candid but polite. I value your comments, and sometimes I’ve disagreed with you, but your comments make me reflect on my own views. Still thinking about the Sharapova ban, for example!


FedExpress Says:

go and bury yourself kei.


FedExpress Says:

NID tournament win
NID competitve era we are just witnessing


Travis Bickle Says:

Go to your bed and cry some more FedExpress, and take your friend Madmax with you!
Why are you watching?
For you Federer is tennis. Therefore, no tennis for a while…

You definitely don’t like Nishikori based on your comments above. You hate Novak, that is obvious, even though the dude did nothing to you?!? Watching this just destroys your health, do you not see that???

Go away, with your negativity please. You are so very much annoying. RF.com is waiting and is full of guys like yourself ;-)


FedExpress Says:

nope TB i will stay here and annoy you lol


Travis Bickle Says:

4th Rogers Cup!
Has anyone done it before? Perhaps the Man himself? Nah…nobody, I just checked. Another record.

All this with 50% effort in early rounds, no serve in QF, etc… hey, did not even lose a single set the whole tournament!!!

The best – ever – period.
And I am saying this with all due respect to Laver, Nadal, federer, Borg and Sampras.


Travis Bickle Says:

@FedExpress,
That suggestion was for your own health.
Otherwise, your posts full of childish rage entertain me quite a bit.
As you wish…


Wog Boy Says:

Sorry to disapoint you Nole fans, but this master doesn’t count…due to weak field..

According to “knowledgeable” poster(s), it is not enough to beat three top 10 players in Race to London, without dropping the set, it has to be at least five..


FedExpress Says:

the best ever?!?! ever1 its own. cheers.


courbon Says:

Master 1000 number 30-that is another record Travis.


Wog Boy Says:

TB,

I think Lendl is the Emperor of Rogers cup, but not sure.


jane Says:

lovely all-uniqlo final (both have great kits) – their 2nd this year. kei really played some beautiful ball during the second set; it was one of those “much closer than the scoreline suggests” matches. totally enjoyed it. :) novak, what a champ. 30 masters!!! huzzah!!


MMT Says:

J-Kath: the god’s (wink, wink) honest truth is that I write for myself and hope that others enjoy it. I could pretend otherwise, but it’s the truth.

“Abbott & Costello, Rowan & Martin…Nole & Rog” is a perfect example. I start with Abbot & Costello to set the scene for the question of who is the stooge in the Djokovic & Federer “rivalry”. Is it Djokovic who wants to be held (both as an athlete and a personality) in the same regard as Federer, but no matter how well he does, he isn’t? Is it Federer, desperately hanging on to the notion that he is competitive even though the only matches he wins are the ones that don’t matter? In the end I conclude that the tennis viewing public, by virtue of its desperate desire to turn one player’s domination over another into a rivalry, is the true stooge.

I portend this conclusion in the first paragraph by saying the stooge is the audience that knows A&C’s routine but still watches, almost as though expecting a different result. I conclude by comparing it to Jules Winfield’s realization that the only honest interpretation of his preamble to murder is the one that reflects the worst on him, just as the Nole & Rog show and everything that surrounds it, reflects poorly on the tennis world.

Of course I thought I was being clever, introducing a lot of different pop culture references and being rather obtuse in my satirical, almost ironic analysis, and it seems that in your case I missed the mark. But when I read it, I giggle at every little joke and every silly tangent.

Is this at all what you were asking?


courbon Says:

WB-Hi mate-you are right-Lendl has I think 5 ( they just mentioned on TV ).Hope ia all good down under and family all good.I have not been around much so I dont know what is happrning on TX these days..


Wog Boy Says:

Hi Frenchie,

Where’ve you been hiding, since you don’t go to Serbia anymore, can you come in Wales in october, I might be there, and if I am there I’ll give you ticket for the game and free accommodation, but no hunky punky things…;)


Wog Boy Says:

All good Courbon thanks, haven’t seen the match, just result, left home 5am this morning, only me and street cleaners on the road, you know the song Dibro jutro dzezeri..” Bajaga,


BBB Says:

jane – I was wondering during this match if Djokovic only wears outfits that are and/or red/blue/white (Serbian flag). I don’t recall seeing him in anything else?


Wog Boy Says:

^^ “dobro jutro dzezeri..”


courbon Says:

WB, I’m going to London just before Christmas.
I will be going to Belgrade next year-are you?
By the way, I heard Milman is injured and Australia has nobody for Olympics! I know there is Maosevic, but he will not win a set ,let alone match.So, as you Ozzies, have a good sense of humor, you should send Hugh Jackman and Kylie as double team ( imagine Kiyle in short white skirt? Karamba karambita!)…


Wog Boy Says:

Ohh…Kylie, the best looking …back side in the business..


courbon Says:

WB- Bajaga-blast from the past. I have not heard at least 20 years…good song actualy.
Here is past midnight-Only me and bats ( smoking outside the house, sky full of stars )


BBB Says:

I divorced my in-house translator, WB. My Serbian is rusty! Ja sam luda is about all I can remember. LOL


Daniel Says:

Was not able to watch tbe match but checked scores and thought Djoko was a vreak up in second. Did he have any problema closimg again?!

30 Masters and there are still 3 to follow this season. Heavy favorte for Olympics where I hope he gets the Gold.

He lost early in MC and went on a tear with title on Madrid, Final in Rome and title RG. Lost ealry in Wimby and already a title right after. He could go on another great run woth the three most important tourneys remainging for him: Olyponcs, Cincy for career Masters (without Federer who beat Djoko in a few finald in the past) and than USO for #13 and tieyng Federer with three years winnng three Slams.

Just by winning Olympics and Cincy he will have the most conplete resume ever for a tennis player with all big titles there is to win. Inpressive justto be in this position.


jane Says:

BBB, nope. novak’s worn grey, he’s worn orange, can’t think what else. but he doesn’t stick to blue/white/red only.

i thought kei and novak looked awesome. uniqlo does an amazing job. and their stores are fabulous too. they’ve been doing designer pair-ups with some beautiful results. worth a look.


Wog Boy Says:

Came on Courbon, you can two days in october and come across the channel, you won’t regret..;)


J-Kath Says:

BBB:

Sharapova:
As a lawyer, that must have been/is fascinating for you. I think, my view is she was guilty for something like a couple of months. I wonder if in fact she took her case to a civil court and gave all her pleas/reasons/etc. whether she could have over-turned the authority of the Tennis authorities with a good lawyer (like yourself).

I note from my contact with UK Omsbudsman (which is possibly similar to the Tennis Authorities) that you can first take your case to such Conciliation Authorities and if still not satisfied can proceed to lawyers and Courts.

Would be interested in your views.

Anyway Congrats to Nole. I wasn’t surprised as I rarely have confidence in Kei’s stiff upper lip and consistant steely determination.


Daniel Says:

Also for Murray to have any chance at #1 he’ll basically needs USO. If Murray doesn’t win USO nor Djoko year end #1 almost sure for Djoko. If djoko wins, no case. Cincy and USO will virtually decides year end #1 for good.


courbon Says:

WB-, I would love to, belive me, but I have this work project in autumn…we will meet if not this year, then next or after.
Kyle’s bum? The best, no question.


J-Kath Says:

MMT
Delightful response from you.
I can now go to bed feeling less guilty.
I know the feeling…looking over favourite paragraphs…loving them…and then to be told by gentle people…”Cut out the description and get to the point”).

I have had articles accepted (some of them related to whichever charity I’m working for) + a few fictional shorts + a radio play but my two novels remain unwanted. I’m constantly being told “the parts that I love, cry at, and laugh at are the bits I need to remove”….Kill what you love is the expression. Plus: What Is Your Market?

Cheers
K


BBB Says:

jane, I was thinking of orange as a shade of red :) But I don’t recall seeing him wear green, or yellow, or anything that really deviates from a neutral and/or Serbian palette….

J-Kath,I’m not sure about the technicalities of forum shopping in this particular instance.

But, no matter who’s deciding: I think Sharapova reallly hurt herself by taking positions that weren’t credible. My rule of thumb with any decisionmaker is that they have so much discretion that however right you are, you can’t afford to offend them. I wish we had access to the pleadings, because I found the recital of the arguments seeking a reduction in the penalty to be utterly counterproductive. Was the recital accurate? Because at a basic human level, it just isn’t wise to ask for mercy by telling someone who makes 1/100th of what you make (or 1/1000th) that you’ll take a financial hit, all while you’re advertising lollipops and cameras and high-end watches.

In the end, common sense. I’d have argued what you did when the decision first came out: “whatever you think of me, I didn’t mean to break the rule, and I only broke for it a de minimis amount of time. I did not injure the integrity of the sport, and I was upfront about my use the minute I tested positive.” By the rule, they had to start with two years and weigh whether to reduce it; she needed to make them want to reduce it. And she didn’t go about that very well (from what I could see).

I think I mentioned elsewhere that the other instances I’m aware of in which the person didn’t intend to break the rule and got less than two years, the person also didn’t intend to ingest the substance in question (cough syrup, supplement with something verboten in it). She not only knew she was taking meldonium, but she was taking it for performance enhancing purposes, and therefore they were not persuaded to use their discretion to lower her punishment. (That’s why I thought they discussed her intent in taking it. No, it wasn’t relevant to the violation, but it was relevant to the mitigation.)

But, if you can forum shop, and you land on the right judge? Yup, she could easily get time served. My gut says it’s more likely with non-WADA authorities, as they don’t have a vested interest in proving the system works against high-profile players. (Back to our discussion that everyone has biases :))


BBB Says:

JK – have you considered publishing on the internet?


jane Says:

he’s worn yellow for uniquo, BBB, but don’t think he’s worn green.


jane Says:

this account – @NoleSwedenFans – always gives quick stat/record updates on twitter, for novak’s fans. worth having a scroll through if that interests you.

https://twitter.com/NoleSwedenFans/status/759880020315832320


MMT Says:

BBB: I think your legal analysis is very helpful and elucidating, but gives too much credit to the ITF (e.g. is suggests that had a good argument been made – it wasn’t – they may have decided differently). The case that comes to mind is Robert Kendrick, who took a decongestant, not because he was congested, but to fight jet lag (his explanation) which is clearly a performance enhancement. The ITF then said that if he had a TUE to take that substance, he could have done so without penalty, almost as if they were handing him (or anyone reading it) a roadmap on how to take a PED without being penalized for it.

So when they want to make an exception, not only do that they make it, they explain to anyone reading how they can benefit from such an exception being made. So, I don’t think the decision had anything to do with the arguments made – that would entail a level of rationality and commitment to an honest ferreting out of PEDs that I don’t believe the ITF have. They just made it easier for them to hide behind their true intent, which is to look tougher on PEDs than they really are. Sharapova not knowing a drug she’d taken for years was now banned, is not the same as someone taking HgH or “the Clear”, and yet they will certainly congratulate themselves for 1) appearing to be tough on PEDs 2) trotting out and executing a high profile player to do it and 3) still profess the illusion that tennis is clean, which I don’t believe it is.


J-Kath Says:

BBB:

En route to bed (half past midnight here) – so this is fast. Am surprised you can’t access legal docs. I can here in UK. if it applies here of course. That said, international lawyers should have access worldwide (at least I’m almost certain).

More on all tomorrow. Plumber coming very early.
K


BBB Says:

MMT: I was thinking of Cilic, actually, but Google says those were glucose tablets.

Is there an example of someone who took a substance recently banned, knowing they were ingesting that substance, and getting less than two years? I’d find that compelling if so. Cilic got 9 months because they accepted that he was not enhancing performance. Can they give Sharapova the same, or less, when they found her intent was in fact to enhance performance? I

I don’t dispute that ITF wants to look tough on PEDs and has its own political priorities, but the fact of the matter is that the default penalty is two years under these circumstances (it would be 4 if they’d found she knew about the rule), and the burden shifts to the athlete to have it reduced. It’s hard for me to fault the panel for declining to use its discretion under the circumstances, though of course they could have.

She was grossly negligent in not monitoring the list of banned substances. I doubt that helped her case. You don’t want to encourage that kind of conduct.

J-Kath, I’m not gonna lie, I can’t say I looked super hard for the pleadings (only the decision) but I you are motivating me to do it.


Wog Boy Says:

BBB,

That, “dobro jutro dzezeri” (Good morning jazz players), was for Courbon, but your post got in between his and mine post, it was blast from the past, song that was popular 30+ years ago when I left country. The reason I felt like that song is me driving into beautiful Sydney sunrise, hardly any traffic, with CBD skyline, Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Harbour, scenery to die for, and that song came to my mind, I’ll give you the link and try to imagine scenery I described followed by the song and tell me what do you think (you really don’t need to understand words to enjoy it) and if you look at the singer (composer, lyrics writer) that’s excatly how we (me) looked back in 80’s including haircut:

https://youtu.be/7tpfdkeLJqo


Wog Boy Says:

^^^
And of course Nole was winning, so everything was fitting:)


AndyMira Says:

@Dani,Dave,Jane,BBB,VP and the rest of the gang..BIGGGG congrats for another sweet victory!Another history were made and another milestone were added to already wonderful career..


chrisford1 Says:

Impressed as usual with Djokovics ability to regroup after a tough loss and keep a positive attitude. A little burned out from achieving the Career Slam and Non-calendar Grand Slam, plus suffering some sort of left shoulder issue and upper right arm soreness after that – he gets an early boot at Wimbledon.
Next thing you know, he regroups well enough to get his 30th Masters and honestly, 40+ in his career seems achievable.

His good spirits on display – prior to the Berdych match – Richard Branson, a valued adviser and fan, trying to coax him into going Full Janko.
https://twitter.com/DjokerNole/status/757660930381602817/photo/1

Following the 2014 USO, Novak has made 17 of 18 ATP finals at Masters and YECs he participated in. Winning 14. And Finals at 6 of 7 Slams he was in. Winning 5. Along the way, he got a new points record after winning the French he lost soon after at Wimbledon, and he has improved his Top 10 winning % record to 19-1 after 2015s amazing 31-5 against Top 10, h2h.

Could be another monster season.
Andy is still in the chase for #1 ranking, but Djokovic added more margin over Andy in Toronto.


Wog Boy Says:

Since Nole won his first masters title (Miami 2007), he is averaging three masters a year, not bad, not at all..


Daniel Says:

40 seems almost a certainty now.

He gets at least 1 more this season, could be 2 or 3. But I would be suprised if he doesn’t win at least 1 more.

So, already with 2 Slams and 4 Masters to Murray’s 1 Slam and 1 Masters (even with Murray having 2 Slams rup and Masters rup) Murray basically has to win USO. Or Djoko not win USO, have another early loss and Murray gets 1 Masters and London.

To me, Djoko 80% year end #1 after today.


Anki Says:

Novak, what a legend. THIRTY MASTERS 1000 TITLES. Upped his level significantly in the final and served well too. Normal service resumed ;) Hopefully no injury concerns for Novak going in to Olympics and USO.


Humble Rafa Says:

24 is greater than 30. That most people in this forum will know. It is taught in all GOAT schools.


BBB Says:

WB – lovely!

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